Daily Devotion for September 25, 2010
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
For Unity in Sunday Worship
Father of mercy, your love embraces everyone, and through the Resurrection of your Son you call me and all who pray with me into your wonderful light. Dispel our darkness and make us a people with one heart and one voice, forever singing your praise, in Jesus, the Christ, our Lord.
For the Forgotten
O merciful God, take pity on those souls who live this day alone, without friends or family, forgotten by all. Bring the comfort of your Spirit to them, I pray, and let them know the most blessed company of all. Grant them to find the consolation of friendship in this life, and bring them into the light of your word, so that when they pass from this life, they may find eternal joy.
To Live in Union with Christ
Loving God, I am just beginning to realize how much you love me. Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient. He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us. I ask you for the desire to become more humble so that my own life might also bear witness to you. I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.
Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth. Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus. Help me to be with Jesus in this week as he demonstrates again his total love for me. He died so that I would no longer be separated from you. Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.
Community of Prayer
I pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
Psalm 105:4-5 (NKJV)
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!
Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, . . .
Matthew 6:5-13 (KJV)
The Lord’s Prayer [Part 1]
nd when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask Him.
In this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever. Amen.
Notes on the Scripture
I thought we might take a break from the Gospel of John and the Epistle to the Romans, for a week, and take a deep look at the best-known words in Christianity. So we will take on a study of the Lord’s Prayer, starting today and ending next Sunday.
God is our “father.” His act created us; if he had not made us, we would not exist. Also, like our human father, we are made “in His image,” somewhat like getting genes from our earthly father. But we also have “genes” from the earth, that is, an earthly form and mind that create desires and drives that may lead us to sin. Many people speak of “mother Earth” and the phrase fits the analogy. When the Bible says we are made in God’s image, it does not mean we look like God the Father. It means we have a spirit, a soul, that allows us to transcend other animals, that leads us to do good and holy actions contrary to our earthly nature.
“Which art in heaven”
God the Father is an actual being, but He does not live in the same place we do. He abides in a place free from sin and death, a place of perfect joy. Our thoughts are limited by our human brains and we cannot truly know or understand heaven. We trust in God’s repeated promise that perfect happiness awaits us and that to live with God in heaven will bring us a happiness we have not experienced on earth.
“Hallowed be thy name.”
To the Jews, God’s name was so holy that it was not spoken. Today, the Hebrew name is little used except in the Biblical transliteration “Jehovah” or something similar. We usually refer to Him as “God,” and in fact, “God” is the first name by which He is called in the Bible. (Genesis 1:1.)
To hallow His name means to say it only in reverence. This is a sign that we remember God’s holiness during the normal day, when our minds are distracted by worldly concerns. Thus, it is important to us to catch ourselves when we might use the words “God” or “Jesus” in a curse or epithet.
This appears first in the prayer for a reason. Using “God” or “Jesus Christ” (or even “Jesus ----ing Christ!”) as an epithet or curse word is common in society. Many Christians will slip up and do it. So when we pray the Lord’s prayer, we are immediately reminded, “I shouldn’t have said that,” and know to ask for forgiveness in our prayers.